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Sapphire HD 4890 Toxic/Vapor-X Review

ccokeman    -   June 4, 2009
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Testing:

Activision's Call of Duty: World at War goes right back to the bread and butter of the franchise - WWII FPS action. In this rendition, you start off in the South Pacific and move through a series of missions that flip back and forth between the Russian front and the island hopping advance toward the Imperial Japanese homeland. Included is a mission on Peliliu Island, arguably one of the more difficult and costly battles in the Pacific theater. The gameplay in the single player mode is rather short, but the game makes up for this shortcoming in online gameplay. If you thought CoD4 looked nice, this game is amazing with the graphics maxed out playing at a high resolution. This game just may be my reason to move to a 30 inch monitor. I will use Fraps to measure a section of gameplay in the Semper Fi map on Makin Island to compare the performance of these video cards.

Settings:

  • Game Settings: Maximum
  • FPS measured via Fraps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again at the lower resolutions the 4890s deliver lower fps than the GTX 275/285's. Once you reach the 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 threshold the performance is much closer to that delivered by the green camps top-end offerings. Overclocking erases the differential at 1280x1024 but not the rest of the resolutions tested. The performance at 2560 was still playable without choppiness on both cards.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The HD 4890 Toxic)
  3. Closer Look (The HD 4890 Vapor-X)
  4. Closer look: (Drivers & Programs)
  5. Configuration: Catalyst Control Center
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Far Cry 2
  9. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  10. Testing: Bioshock
  11. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  12. Testing:Dead Space
  13. Testing: Fallout 3
  14. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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